Microsoft’s Android emulator coming soon to Mac as it open-sources Visual Studio Code


During Microsoft’s Connect 2015 event today live from New York, the company announced it is open-sourcing its Visual Studio Code program for developers and in the process bringing its Visual Studio Emulator for Android to Mac users.

Microsoft first released the Visual Studio Emulator for Android for Windows users last year, but during its event today promised that Mac users will also soon gain access. The Visual Studio Emulator for Android is a tool within the full Visual Studio 2015 suite, which Microsoft brought to Mac users for the first time back in April. It offers Android devs an easy and free way to test and debug apps.

Microsoft has a sign-up form on its website that will notify Mac users when more info on the upcoming release becomes available. You can tune into Microsoft’s Connect 2015 event live hereThe company is also announcing Visual Studio Dev Essentials, a program giving devs access to everything they need for building and delaying apps for free, and updates to Visual Studio cloud subscriptions. 

And the new open-source version of Visual Studio Code is on GitHub here.

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  1. PhilBoogie - 7 years ago

    Never knew there was a market for such a ‘mixed environment’ config.

  2. ChristianGeek - 7 years ago

    Your wording implies that the Mac version of the Visual Studio Emulator for Android is somehow related to Visual Studio Code. It isn’t. Two separate announcements, two separate products.

  3. Peter Ernst Kortge - 7 years ago

    The last sentence in the second last paragraph reads ” … giving devs access to everything they need for building and delaying apps for free, …” but should read ” … giving devs access to everything they need for building and deploying apps for free, …”

    Seeing far too many of these types of errors now in 9to5Mac (probably due to “autocorrect” ??), but still … all articles should be proofread before/after being posted ;-)

    • Mark Granger - 7 years ago

      As an app developer, having tools to help me delay my apps would be quite useful. Perhaps an automatic excuse generator?


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